Wildfires Raging Across The West



Firefighter Ricardo Gomez, of a San Benito Monterey Cal Fire crew, sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Shaver Lake, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Caroline Breedon, Junior Editor-In-Chief

Blazes in California, Oregon, and almost a dozen other western states have turned the sky orange and brown and have claimed at least seven lives. Oregon Governor Kate Brown urges citizens to stay inside, calling the fast spread of fires a “once in a generation event,” CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports.

Raging winds have fueled the flames which have wiped out many towns and communities. 89-year-old Beth Hill barely escaped her nursing home in the desecrated town of Phoenix, Oregon. Hill states, “Everything I owned. All my pictures of my husband and me, scrapbooks and my Johnny Cash Tapes.”

A 1-year-old boy and his family were found by search-and-rescue teams in Okanogan County, Washington. The family was believed to be trying to flee the flames before being found along a nearby river bank. The family is in critical condition. The Bear Fire in Plumas National Forest has grown overnight to more than 250,000 acres, prompting even more evacuations. The hot heat, dry conditions, and winds are going to make the fire even more difficult, officials said.